Senate Committee Approves First Round of Opiate Bills

MI Broadcasters Fight Opiate Abuse

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The Senate Health Policy Committee has voted on bills targeting the prescribing of opiates and licensing sanctions against those who violate the rules. Among the bills reported out of the committee last week was the requirement that anyone receiving opioids have a demonstrated relationship with the prescribing physician (SB 270).

This bill would require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, in conjunction with the appropriate licensing boards, to promulgate rules describing such a relationship. The prescribing medical professional would still, before issuing the prescription, have to pull and review a report on the patient’s prescription history to look for possible problems. More controlled substance prescriptions would be reported to the Michigan Automated Prescription System. Prevention of opiate abuse has garnered nationwide attention with Congress and many state legislatures introducing measures to curb the abuse epidemic.

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